Mycopathologia

, Volume 172, Issue 3, pp 241–245

Zygomycosis Presenting a Major Clinical Challenge: Case Report on Rhizomucor pusillus Infection in a Stem-Cell-Transplant Recipient

  • Sanna-Maria Kivivuori
  • Riitta Karikoski
  • Pirkko Koukila-Kähkölä
  • Veli-Jukka Anttila
  • Ulla M. Saarinen-Pihkala
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11046-011-9424-8

Cite this article as:
Kivivuori, SM., Karikoski, R., Koukila-Kähkölä, P. et al. Mycopathologia (2011) 172: 241. doi:10.1007/s11046-011-9424-8

Abstract

Zygomycoses are opportunistic infections caused by the Mucorales fungi. They are typically seen in immunosuppressed patients. The incidence of zygomycosis cases seems to be increasing. We report on zygomycosis in a pediatric, female stem-cell-transplant recipient. This case report underlines the difficulty of taking care of patients with zygomycosis. In fungal infections of immunosuppressive patients on broad-coverage antibiotics, foci of skin necrosis are unique and typical for zygomycoses, and may be helpful in this challenging diagnosis.

Keywords

Zygomycosis Rhizomucor pusillus Stem cell transplantation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanna-Maria Kivivuori
    • 1
  • Riitta Karikoski
    • 2
  • Pirkko Koukila-Kähkölä
    • 3
  • Veli-Jukka Anttila
    • 4
  • Ulla M. Saarinen-Pihkala
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Children’s HospitalUniversity of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central HospitalHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.HUSLAB Central Pathology LaboratoryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Laboratory DivisionHelsinki University Central HospitalHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Department of MedicineUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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